tv The Briefing BBC News July 23, 2019 5:00am-5:31am BST
this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. we are live from westminster with this special edition of the programme, as the uk conservative party leadership contest reaches its climax. within hours we'll know whether borisjohnson will be britain's next prime minister orjeremy hunt has pulled off a major upset and gets the keys to number10. dozens are injured as massive wildfires sweep through central portugal. more than 1,000 firefighters and the army are still battling the blaze. can spain's accidental prime minister keep hisjob? pedro sanchez faces a crucial vote in parliament.
and coming—up in business: india's crypto crackdown. why the country could soon ban bitcoin, ripple, and other digital currencies. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. it will get extremely hot here in central london with temperatures rising above 30 celsius but also it will be very heated when it comes to the politics. and you can be part of the conversation.
send us your comments and questions about the the conservative leadership contest. i'll be talking to iain anderson and putting some of your points to him. just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. so, it is a momentous day here at westminster. after several weeks of campaigning, the new leader of the uk conservative party will be announced in just a few hours. that person will also be moving into number 10 as britain's new prime minister. it will be one of these two men. former foreign secretary boris johnson, or the current foreign secretaryjeremy hunt. mrjohnson is the runaway favourite. he has been from the outset. two cabinet ministers have already said they will resign if he does win, because he says he would go through with a no—deal brexit. 0ur political editor, laura kuennsberg has this assessment of what's likely to happen next.
however is lucky enough to win the contest however is lucky enough to win the co ntest a nd however is lucky enough to win the contest and move here in downing street on wednesday, trade is one of just a very long list of conundrums that they are going to have to grapple with. all the smart money in westminster is on borisjohnson being able to achieve his lifelong fa ntasy of being able to achieve his lifelong fantasy of being able to call this place home but of course hisjob first and foremost, whether it is him orjeremy hunt, would be trying to dig his party, parliament and the country out of the political mess of brexit. but beyond that, they will be eager, too, to try to explain to the country what and who the tories are for. this has been a slow—moving political crisis and even for an incoming prime minister the majority, it would be quite tall order. remember this huge hostility in parliament and barely to feel co mforta ble in parliament and barely to feel comfortable about anything. whoever
wins and it looks like it will be borisjohnson, will wins and it looks like it will be boris johnson, will be wins and it looks like it will be borisjohnson, will be here in downing street without 48 hours, looking at an in tray full of nightmares. perhaps with little goodwill to help. theresa may had a leaving do of sorts. she invited some of the mps who have been trying to get her out for so long, into talk to her, to raise a glass. it is said she raised a toast to the incoming administration to which her successof incoming administration to which her successor well but it will take a lot more than glasses of warm white in the downing street garden to get the new prime minister through all of this. they will need every timing —— tiny piece, notjust ofjudgement but of luck on her side. so what can we expect to happen over the coming hours and days? the winner of the tory leadership contest will be announced around midday today.
on wednesday, after her final pmq's, theresa may will go to buckingham palace and tender her resignation to the queen. soon after that, either boris johnson orjeremy hunt will travel to the palace to be appointed prime minister. they'll then make their way to downing street to give their first speech in their new role. with me is iain anderson, founder of the international communications agency, cicero group. also has been in the thick of this story in terms of the politics and the business for a long time. today we will find out who has the task of being our prime minister and taking us being our prime minister and taking us out of europe. yes. and this has perhaps been the longest march to number ten of the front runner. it
looks like its going to be boris johnson today but people have made far too many political predictions over the past three or four years so yes. i think it is going to be boris but let's wait and see. we will find out around about uk time today — make no—one. it looks as though borisjohnson becomes make no—one. it looks as though boris johnson becomes leader of make no—one. it looks as though borisjohnson becomes leader of the conservative party today and just for another 48 hours ——24 hours, theresa may remains in downing street until he is likely to see the queen tomorrow and become britain's prime minister. she will share her last cabinet ministers meeting this morning. as you say, by around 12 noon we will know who has won that race. 160,000 conservative members have cast their vote privately so you never know. they could be a surprise. assuming it is boris
johnson, we have already had resignations. alan duncan resigning as foreign office minister and others are saying they are poised to do the same. key people like philip hammond, david gauke, rory stewart. so the new prime minister faces just as many problems, perhaps even more problems, getting a deal through parliament, as theresa may did. the first thing i'm expecting is to hear whether or not boris plans to go to european capitals to brussels, and start renegotiating as fast as possible. he has played a campaign which suggests he is going to have a very tough line with europe and we are hearing in today's newspapers as much about him wanting to actually start discussions or actually being very, very standoffish. hopefully we will find out which starts he is going to take —— stance. the
essential problem remains. the problem you are pointing to, that a lot of people in that welding, including members of his own party, and former colleagues around the cabinet table, i determined to stop a no—deal brexit. they may make his life incredibly difficult. —— are determined. there may well be a lot of well—known faces on the tory backbench to make it their mission to make his job backbench to make it their mission to make hisjob extremely hard. in a similar way to theresa may's experience. the problem is potentially even harder for boris johnson in that the conservative ‘s effective majority is now down to about three. it is wafer thin. yes and there is a dialect and in the uk parliament next week and that is looking pretty tough for the conservatives to win. the liberal democrats have a new leader overnight and they are expected to
do quite well and that will take the majority down to two. take away two of those former cabinet ministers. philip hammond who said he won't serve david gauke who has indicated he will resign. worry stuart perhaps as well and you have completely lots your majority. —— rory stewart. and then perhaps brittany‘s heading towards an early general election. —— britain. towards an early general election. -- britain. we would love to get your questions and comments that we can discuss. what are you thinking about this process. what are your concerns? as we await the results of the final ballot, you can read a lot more on our website. you'll find the full track record of both borisjohnson and jeremy hunt — plus plenty of analysis from our political editor who you heard a little earlier. that's all at bbc.com/news or download the bbc news app.
let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. the trump administration says it will introduce a fast—track deportation process that bypasses immigrationjudges — as it steps up measures to combat illegal immigration. under the new rules, any undocumented immigrants who can't prove that they've been in the united states continuously for more than two years can be deported. the iranian foreign minister says tehran is not seeking confrontation with britain. he said the seizure of a british—flagged ship in the strait of hormuz was not in retaliation for the recent british capture of an iranian tanker in gibraltar. and he said iran wanted to have ‘normal relations‘ based on mutual respect. tear gas has been fired after a day of protests in puerto rico, to demand the immediate resignation of the island's governor. the demonstrations in the us territory began after the publication of leaked online messages, in which governor rossello makes offensive remarks about other politicians, women and gay people.
researchers say malaria parasites that are resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in southeast asia. the findings indicate that half of the patients studied were not cured with first—choice drugs and that resistant bugs have proliferated across cambodia and into laos, thailand and vietnam. after more than two days, firefighters are still battling a massive wildfire in central portugal. despite reports of progress being made, authorities have requested two water—bombing planes as strong winds have fanned the flames even further. so far, more than 30 people have been injured and hundreds have been evacuated. laura westbrook has the latest. smoke engulfs the sky as the
wildfires in central portugal continued to burn. authorities say they are making progress but for these residents, too late. people here can only look on as their homes are consumed by flames. translation: 0h are consumed by flames. translation: oh yes, it is not the firefighter ‘s fault. those who govern and let the fire burn other ones to blame. translation: we had no assistance. no firefighters, no police will stop yesterday i was at my brother's help —— house to help. the house burned, no—one showed up, we were alone. around 1000 firefighters have been deployed to the region along with planes and helicopters. much of this area is covered in forests of eucalyptus trees which are polec —— particularly flammable. the hilly
terrain makes fighting these fires especially tough. firefighters say sudden changes in wind direction is what's continuing to fan the flames. it is not yet known what caused these latest wildfires but because these latest wildfires but because the fires broke out in areas very close to each other, authorities are looking into whether they were started deliberately. with a heat wave expected this week and temperatures are set to reach 40 celsius, the country remains on high alert. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: against all odds, one man'sjourney from conflict and coma to the basketball court. we will keep you across all of the day's stories, including the momentous day ahead here in westminster. mission control: you can see them coming down the ladder now.
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you're watching the briefing. we have a special addition. we live at westminster. 0ur headlines: the conservative leadership contest reaches its climax in just a few hours time. jeremy hunt taking on borisjohnson in the battle to be prime minister. we shall no who has one. dozens of people have been injured as massive wildfires sweep through central portugal. spain's parliament will today vote on whether to name pedro sanchez as the country's new prime minister, at the head of a new socialist government. if successful, it will end months of political wrangling since the general election in april. live now to madrid and the bbc‘s guy hedgecoe.
talk us through the day ahead in spain. pedro sanchez's socialists one of the general election but fell short of a majority so they need the support of other parties in order to form another government. they need an absolute majority in parliament in order to wind it. that is looking very difficult. if they fail to when today's vote they will have another on thursday. both votes are looking very difficult for pedro sanchez because he is most obvious ally, to his left, a very keen to form part ofa his left, a very keen to form part of a coalition government. pedro sanchez has so far resisted that. he wa nts a sanchez has so far resisted that. he wants a less formal parliamentary
partnership with them and it has been a bone of contention. going into this first vote today, he does not have the support of any major party so we do not know what is going to happen and it is going down to the wire. do not know if we're going to have a government by end of this week. thank you so much more. more from spain later. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm tulsen tollett and this is your tuesday sports briefing, where we start with the news that juan mata says his manchester united team mate paul pogba is a positive influence and brings everyone together at the club. the 31—year—old spaniard was talking during the club's pre season tour which has featured matches in australia and singapore and he's keen for pogba to stay at the club and win trophies. we all know paul and he is a fantastic midfielder. he is a very good guy.
very positive. a good influence for everyone. i think he's happy. he brings everyone together. but i cannot speak for other people. i can speak for myself, my present, and my future in the club. and obviously as a teammate and a friend also i would like him to stay and be happy because he is a very good player for us. australian swimmer mack horton has been sent a warning letter by the sport's govering body, fina, after he refused to stand on the podium with chinese rival sun yang. sun had beaten horton to gold in the 400m freestyle at this week's world championships in south korea. horton described yang as a "drug cheat", after the chinese swimmer served a ban in 2014. fina said it respected freedom of speech‘ but it had to be in the right context. defending champion geraint thomas isn‘t worried that he‘s not leading the tour de france as the race resumes later after a rest day. after 15 stages, he trails leaderjulian alaphilippe by 95 seconds but he‘s excited about being in this position with less than a week
of the race left there is more than one way to win the tour and this situation is com pletely the tour and this situation is completely different. we do not have to pull when there‘s other teams that want to do it as well. we are still in super strong position. barcelona will take on chelsea in a pre season friendly in tokyo in the coming hours with new signing antonie griezmann expected to feature for the first time. the 28—year—old french world cup winner moved to camp nou earlier this month for more than $130 million having spent five seasons with atletico madrid. ireland take on england in the first ever test match between the countries on wednesday. the venue is the home of cricket, lords and, while for england it‘s a warm—up for the ashes which start next week, it has much more significance for the visitors there hasn‘t been a lot of hard work over the last ten years to try and get to this stage and i think we all
wa nted get to this stage and i think we all wanted to get to that point and play test cricket. i suppose it is really good to get that opportunity and actually play here. after winning the open championship at royal portrush on sunday, irish golfer shane lowry was celebrating in dublin well into the early hours of monday with a well know song, see if you can pick it? yes you guessed it, the fields of athenry with some backing vocals as well.... you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that‘s bbc.com/sport.but from me tt and the rest of the team that is your tuesday sport briefing born in somalia, what is now the self—declared state
of somalialand, abdijama has had an eventful life. at the age of six he left his country of birth during the civil war. but after his family settled in england he suffered a freak accident that left him paralysed. now he represents great britain as a wheelchair basketballer. in the second part of our series on disability, isaac fanin went to his home town of liverpool to hear his story and shoot some hoops. abdijama abdi jama left somalia at six years old to escape the civil war. he moved to liverpool and began to build a new life but eight years later a tragic accident. build a new life but eight years later a tragic accidentlj build a new life but eight years later a tragic accident. i was on a window seat. there was a cane over the window. it was a sunny day, it was in windy or anything so it wasn‘t moving and as i leaned back i went straight through the window and damaged my back. wake up two weeks later in hospital. what was it like
when you woke up and they told you might not be walking again. when you woke up and they told you might not be walking againlj believe things happen for a reason. even at 14 years old, i was quite mature for my age so i remember when the consultant came over and mum was there and the psychologist and all these other people whether and they told me i could not walk and my first reaction was, ok. i am actually lucky to be alive. i died twice in a coma or something, i don‘t remember any of this but i was lucky to be alive and i knew that. life goes on. the guy came to the school, as part of the gigabits team. he asked me to give it a go. i have seen this guy do things i could not do. i could relate to him because a fellow african brother was showing me place to do stuff. he grew to flourish in the sport winning pretty much everything the
rest swimming in the spot. would you have been able to achieve this in somalia? i would say no. let alone being a sportsman, a disabled athlete, even a disabled person, i could not even come close to it. being a gb athlete is an incredible thing to say. how do they make it easy for you guys as athletes? to get that standard to a level it should be, you need to see disable people as athletes notjust as people as athletes notjust as people that are disabled. for me, i would love to go back home and do stuff back home as well. one day maybe, go to somaliland too. let‘s return to our main story this morning. that being, in a few hours‘ time, around the corner from here,
anything qe2 centre around the corner, we will be hearing the announcement of who has won the battle to become the next leader of the conservative party and, of course, prime minister. with me is iain anderson, founder of the international communications agency, cicero group. we promise our viewers we would a nswer we promise our viewers we would answer some of their questions. alan says, as a number of senior ministers are looking to quit a borisjohnson ministers are looking to quit a boris johnson cabinet, will that ministers are looking to quit a borisjohnson cabinet, will that be enough experience around with him with new ministers and cabinet to deal with a deal or no—deal brexit. fascinating question. everything that we are piecing together is that, unlike theresa may, who wanted to have a mix of remainers and leavers around the table, boris will probably want to have a much stronger centre of gravity towards those that prefer leave back. that
said, he will have to bind the conservative party together. i think there will be one or two people that supported during the referendum but the centre of gravity i think will be around his cabinet. he said every member of his habit has to be reconciled with the policy of leaving on the 31st of october, deal or no deal. 0ne reviewer said, more confusion awaits britain. that is the worry for business leaders and for anyone in the country, they are thinking, gosh, what will this change? businesses sees three things. first they see boris likely to say i will take us out with no deal. the second is a parliament that may try and block no deal. and at the third thing is a european union that is public not going to move. thank you for now. you're back
later without news briefing and i am back with the business stories in a moment. tuesday will be quite a bit hotter. very hot in some areas as temperatures hit the mid 30s and where is all this hot weather coming from? a lot of clear whether, huge cloudless area across spain, france, the uk and that is hot air coming in from algeria, morocco and spreading across many parts of western europe in the coming days. temperature records could tumble in some countries including the uk. we could beat the july record set
countries including the uk. we could beat thejuly record set in 2015. looking at the focus in the short—term. cloud across southern and western areas, especially around the coast. very and warm in the morning. 17 in the south, 16 in the north. rain in the north—west of scotland, but pretty much unbroken sunshine. the strong sun beating down on us all day long. we could see highs of 34 in the south and the high 20s in the north—east of england. fresher around belfast around 22 degrees. tuesday night, some nasty thunderstorms on the way with big downpours and frequent lightning. tuesday night into the early hours of wednesday, spreading across many parts of the uk so widespread thunderstorms, not just hit and miss and really big downpours in places. they clear away and we‘re with bits and pieces of cloud on wednesday. a legacy of
cloud on wednesday. a legacy of cloud here and there. temperatures may be just a fraction lower in one or two areas. eastern areas still probably hitting around the mid 30s. 0n probably hitting around the mid 30s. on thursday, the heatwave is well and truly spreading northwards even into some parts of scandinavia. the jetstrea m into some parts of scandinavia. the jetstream pumping up the heat and we could reach 36, perhaps even 37 celsius somewhere in the south—east. if that value is reached, it would make it a july record but it all depends on how much cloud is going to be on thursday.
this is the business briefing. i‘m sally bundock. as the uk awaits a new prime minister, what kind of trade deals can the country expect after brexit? india‘s two billion dollar co—living market. how the country‘s millenials are changing the traditional concept of a home. markers are doing better in asia than this time yesterday. lots of corporate news coming out of big names in the us this week that will catch everyone‘s attention.